Replacing its current aging computer system, the Oakland Public Library announced this week it has entered into a contract with an Emeryville-based company to install a new online catalog system.
The library reported Wednesday that it has signed a contract with Innovative Interfaces to replace its 16-year-old system.
The new system will offer faster service, allow library patrons to manage their own library accounts, provide access to over 5 million items from over 40 public and academic libraries, and show material in multiple languages, the library reported.
"This contract is a major step forward for the Oakland Public Library," Gerard Garzon, the library's deputy director, said in a statement.
The new system was funded by Measure Q, a library parcel tax that was approved by voters in March 2004, the library reported.
"When Measure Q passed in 2004, our public told us that new technology was important to them," Garzon said. "When the millennium system is fully implemented, it will enable us to bring our users new and expanded services."
The library reported that it is also in the process of upgrading its 10-year-old computer network, which must be upgraded before the new online catalog system can be operated. The upgrade is expected to be finished within the next two-to-three months.
More information on the Oakland Public Library can be found on the Web site http://www.oaklandlibrary.org.